Chicken Taquitos Recipe

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When I worked as a nanny, it seemed no matter what family I worked for, every household had a steady supply of those frozen taquitos you can buy at Costco. (Certainly nowhere near as healthy as this clean eating taquitos recipe!) You know, those big orange boxes that just call your name from the freezer? I think I put on more weight eating taquitos in those years than any other food. But when I stopped being a nanny, I completely forgot about taquitos. Until recently.

Clean Eating Taquitos Recipe

I’m not entirely sure what made me think of them, but all of a sudden, I had the most intense craving for some microwaved, greasy, processed, chicken taquitos.

Well, I can tell you that that craving made it about as far as a fruit fly drowning in fruit syrup. I was not about to bend to that craving for anything. So instead, I got into the kitchen and created my own. Not too bad if I do say so myself!


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Clean Eating Taquitos

Chicken Taquitos Recipe

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 48 taquitos
Calories: 57kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 3 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast (not the same as yeast for baking bread!)
  • 48 small corn tortillas


  • Bake the chicken breasts in the oven at 350 with half of the onion and garlic powder sprinkled on them, until done.
  • Cut off any unwanted parts and put the cooled chicken breasts into a food processor.
  • Add the rest of the garlic and onion powders, salsa, olive oil, and nutritional yeast. Blend until you have a well blended, “crumbly dough” looking mixture.
  • Warm the tortillas in the microwave, wrapping them in a wet paper towel. Get them nice and “pliable” so they don’t rip while you are rolling them. They will be hot, so don’t burn yourself!
  • Put about 1 tbsp. of meat on a tortilla, and roll up like you are rolling a carpet.
  • Place the taquitos in an oiled baking pan and spray the tops with olive oil using an oil mister/sprayer. This will give you the browned crunchiness that everyone loves in a taquito.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F. until they are golden brown (About 20 minutes, but the time can vary from oven to oven. So keep an eye on them).
  • Cool and serve with salsa for dipping!
  • Note: These freeze well. To eat after freezing, defrost overnight in the fridge and then warm in the oven. You can microwave them, but they get soggy.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1taquito | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 178mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. Mimi @ The Things We Do says:

    YUM! I may just have to make these this week!

    But I have to ask because I’ve never heard of it — what is Nutritional Yeast and is it necessary? What does it do?

    My mom used to make us drink blueberry shakes laced with Brewers Yeast, and the thought still makes me cringe. So please tell me it’s not like that! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mimi – Brewers yeast and nutritional yeast are different. I’ve had both. Nutritional yeast gives a “cheese” flavor to things without actually adding cheese and it’s rich in vitamin B’s which is why many vegans like it so much. I added it because I wanted the flavor without the added fat.

  2. I can’t wait!! I don’t have a food processor yet, would a blender work?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – You might have to work at blending it a bit more, but yes, it should work. Enjoy!

  3. Quick question, would this work with whole wheat tortilla instead of corn?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – It might, but you would have to get the tortillas really pliable. Get them wet/damp and work with them quickly. Let me know how they turn out!

  4. It sounds like the things in this recipe might easily work in making a pan of chicken enchiladas too! (hint, hint)

  5. Oooooo, baby… I know what I’m making for dinner… Instead of chicken, I’m thinking of using some reconstituted TVP or crumbled tempeh; heat it up in the skillet with the spices.

    Do you pack the taquitos together in the baking pan, or give them room to get extra crispy (or, does that just dry them out)?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Charlena – I didn’t experiment much. I just packed them all in there.

  6. BTW, nutritional yeast is great on freshly air-popped popcorn or a baked potato with broccoli. Its flavor is a cross between salty parmesan and white cheddar.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Charlena – Yummy! Thanks!

  7. Ashley Berna says:

    Where in the grocery store can you find nutritional yeast?

  8. I just made these for dinner. They were delicious and very easy. Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Vicki – Fabulous!! I’m so happy you enjoyed them!

  9. Ashley–I found my nutritional yeast (Braggs brand) in the “natural foods” section of Kroger. Whole Foods definitely has it, though good luck navigating which aisle it’ll be on. It’s unrefridgerated on the shelf, but should be in the fridge once you open it. If those stores aren’t near you (at least, not within a day-trip away), I suggest you try, or even

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Charlena – Thanks for that!

  10. Tiffany, if you can do this with taquitos, I’m pretty confident you’ll be able to come up with a clean (at least, cleaner) version of crab rangoons–those lovely, fatty deep-fried wontons filled with seasoned cream cheese and flaked crab meat! My local Chinese restaurant of choice even makes a vegetarian version, substituting finely chopped red cabbage for the crab meat. Still full-fat cream cheese, though. 🙁

    I love all that you do here. Keep fighting the good fight for healthful, clean eating! 🙂

  11. I just made these and shared them with my neighbors who are moving and can’t make dinner, and we’re all in love with them!! One of the ladie’s daughters is a picky eater and gobbled them up! You just may have a couple more blog viewers 😉 And I’m so happy to learn about nutritional yeast because my daughter doesn’t do milk well. Thanks a bunch!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Becky – Fantastic!! I’m so happy everyone enjoyed them! 🙂

  12. These looked so good I had to make them last night. However, I had already defrosted pork for stir fry so I used that instead of chicken and I marinated it in a little lime juice and chili powder while I got everything ready. These were so yummy that my husband didn’t even ask “so what weird thing did you put in THESE” (which is a very common question in my house these days). These will FOR SURE replace the boxed taquitos hiding in the garage fridge!!

  13. Nicki Woo says:

    Gonna really make these. gonna really love these.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nicki – I hope so!

  14. I looked at the whole wheat tortillas at the store and there were things I couldn’t pronounce. Are you using homemade tortillas?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sarah – I used corn tortillas for these. But you can certainly make your own as well!

  15. What type of clean corn tortillas are out there?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Amy – It depends on where you shop. I either make mine or I buy them at Trader Joe’s. They are not easy to find, but they are out there. The ingredient list will typically be very short. Something like, “corn, water and lime”, or something like that. If you don’t have a trader joe’s near you, I’m afraid the only thing I can tell you is to read labels. Wish I could be more help!

  16. LindsayDianne says:

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Lindsay – I love them because they freeze well. Makes it easy to grab and go!

  17. Jenni Smith says:

    I made these tonight, and they were awesome. I was worried about putting the chicken in the food processor, but it made it moist and incorporated all the flavors beautifully. Thanks for your website.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Jenni – You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed them! And that reminds me, I need to go make another batch!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Tasha – I would spray them with a little olive oil and then pack some plastic wrap around them tightly. Not over the dish, but pack it around the taquitos themselves. That should keep them fresh and ready to go. Glad you’re enjoying them!

  19. My sons are constantly going on about those disgusting Costco toquitoes of which you speak, but I refuse to buy them. I would love to try making this recipe! Are the corn tortillas usually in the refrigerator section?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Marlena – I get mine at Trader Joe’s and they are in the bread section. Hope your sons enjoy them!

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  22. I have made these several times and they are a hit with the family. I used your clean taco seasoning and have made them with chicken and steak. I cook the meat in the slow cooker and chill before making.
    They freeze well, bake about half done. Cool then freeze on the sheet, then place in freezer bags. Reheat at 400 for 15-20 minutes from the frozen state. Great for a quick meal on busy nights.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Kelly – That’s wonderful! Thanks for the tips!

  23. graciouspantry says:

    Katy – Thanks. I use and I know they are not always very accurate. Good to have some other info as well.

  24. graciouspantry says:

    Kate – What’s quest fresco?

  25. graciouspantry says:

    Lsvrcek – You could, but it would be a little dry.

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  27. When buying “clean eating corn tortillas” what should you look for?

  28. When buying “clean eating corn tortillas” what should you look for?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Felicia – They are tough to find these days. But generally, they have only corn, water and lime.

    2. graciouspantry says:

      Felicia – They are tough to find these days. But generally, they have only corn, water and lime.

  29. Thank you for this! We love taquitos, but haven’t had them since starting clean eating! I am so making these this week!

  30. LeighStella says:

    We are new to clean eating. I made these last night, and my super-duper-picky-eating, chicken-nuggets-only-please kids LOVED them! Thank you so much for a recipe that was clean AND so very tasty!

  31. graciouspantry says:

    I always cook meat to temperature. It’s far safer. (And thermometers are cheap!) Cook until it reaches at least 165 F.

  32. Please explain clean eating? I have poly cystic ovarian syndrome and I have to eat very healthy this would be great to start.. Thank you for this recipe! 🙂

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  34. Forgive me for saying so, but putting the chicken in the food processor sounds gross. Wouldn’t shredding the chicken then adding the other ingredients work just as well? Granted, it would be a little more trouble.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Do whatever works for you. I put it in the processor because it made the texture of the chicken more like regular taquitos.

  35. These look great! What is considered clean salsa??

  36. deedee dockery says:

    I love these and so do my grandkids. easy to make and clean up

  37. I have been making these for a couple of years now for my kids tweaking the recipe here and there but I today substituted garbanzo beans for the chicken and used fresh pico de gallo instead of jared salsa. They are absolutely amazing and a great vegan alternative!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Oh yummy!!!

  38. Jennlovinglife says:

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I made them (a half batch) exactly as written and they turned out so yummy! Quite easy too! Now on to make more of your delicious and clean recipes – can’t wait!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennlovinglife – Wonderful! Glad you liked them! 🙂

  39. In step 1, it says to bake the chicken at 350 but doesn’t say for how long…… please advise. I could eyeball it, but I’d rather pinpoint a time. 😉

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      LBJ – Depends on if you cook them from raw or frozen.

  40. YUM!!! Dinner is planned 🙂 Thank you 🙂 I have really enjoyed exploring your website and learning all about clean eating.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jennifer – Thanks! I hope you enjoy them!

  41. made these this past weekend and they turned out okay…mine weren’t so tight, however I couldn’t find the nutritional yeast so I added cheese instead I’m assuming that’s why. But they were a hit anyway.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melissa – Glad they turned out okay!

  42. Dumb question, would you freeze after baking or before? 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Briana – I do it after baking. Enjoy!

  43. KelSeY baUEr says:

    Am new to nutritional yeast, i live in the woods and cant get it at my locl stores:( i wanted to know what is a good brand to buy that is msg and gluten free. I went to order it n amazon and there are just far too many options! Help pleeeease

  44. KelSeY baUEr says:

    Thanks so much- im going for my first gf dairy free thanksgiving, wish me luck! 🙂
    Ps these look delicious! Looking forward to trying them as well

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelsey – My pleasure! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  45. mmmmm. Now how about a vegetarian version? We often get the black bean taquitos from Trader Joe’s. I’d love to make my own though.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lisa – Black beans and organic tofu would be a good sub.

  46. I like the idea of using garbanzo beans instead of chicken. Would you use about three cans?
    I never had taquitas much, but ate a beef and bean burrito at work lunch for two years.
    The only clean corn tortillas I can find are 8″ so may take a little more filling.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gail – I wouldn’t know. I haven’t tried it myself so you’d have to improvise. Let me know how they turn out!

  47. Kimberly David says:

    Did you use Nutritional Yeast Flakes or Powder?? I am making these tonight for my family and want to grab the correct form.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kimberly – It was the flakes.

  48. I made these last night and they were delicious! I ended up putting the tortillas in a steamer and that helped them roll easier. They were still not very crunchy and crisp. I wonder what would happen if I put some egg wash on them? Or maybe I just need more oil. Any ideas Tiffany? Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristina – That’s odd. Maybe they didn’t bake long enough to get crispy? You could always try putting them under the broiler for 30 seconds or so. But you’ll have to watch them carefully so they don’t burn. My guess is that your oven just bakes a little different and that you need to bake a bit longer.

  49. Can you make the “dough” and then prepare the taquitos the next day? Or it all needs to be done at once? Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tiffany – You mean the filling? Sure! You can make that ahead of time. I wouldn’t do more than 1 or 2 days ahead though.

  50. Bernadette says:

    I made these and they were amazing! All of the crunch and soooo much less oil. Still tasted authentic to me!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bernadette – Fantastic!! So happy you enjoyed them! I should make a batch before Mini Chef goes back to school. Talk about packing a fast and easy lunch! LOL!

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